Thursday, December 4, 2008

Christmas Season

I am trying something new with the kids this Christmas season, in light of reading various blogs and talking with friends (thanks, Marjie!). I am trying to celebrate Advent.

Growing up, we did not generally have an advent calendar or do any activities associated with advent. I think we once had one of those boxes with the cut-outs that has chocolates behind each date...but I could be wrong. Anyway, I thought it sounded like fun, and after reading the different things people were doing with it, I thought, "hey, I can do that!"

We aren't doing anything fancy, and we're not giving gifts like some do for advent. That would have required more than that the 1.5 hours of planning that went into this project. I kept it simple, just making one small activity or fun thing each day...a little something for the kids to look forward to and a concentrated effort to spend time as a family.

Since we started yesterday, December 3, I labeled slips of paper that I stapled shut starting with "3" and ending at "25" when Christmas arrives. The little slips of paper are in a very un-fancy cookie tin on our table, but next year I hope to take more than a couple of hours from my school day for planning and actually wrap things and activity explanation in little boxes. It just wasn't happenin' this year.

Here is our list...if you see Connor, keep it quiet! Every day is a surprise. Grant totally doesn't get it, but will get in on some of the fun with us.

December 3
Watch Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and make a Christmas Chain

December 4
Wrap Gifts for teachers to put under the tree and gifts from the Gingerbread Shoppe

December 5
Get picked up from Kindergarten—no Kids’ Country in the afternoon…then have a sleepover at Grandma’s!

December 6
Go See Christmas In the Park

December 7
Watch a Christmas movie and eat popcorn

December 8
Pick out a gift to give off the Angel Tree at Wal-Mart

December 9
Craft: Create Christmas cards for your teachers

December 10
Read Christmas stories

December 11
Make Christmas cookies for sharing

December 12
Go see Christmas lights

December 13
Go see Mr. Stinky Feet’s Christmas concert at Crown Center

December 14
Bake blueberry loaves for your teachers, wrap them up to take
the next day

December 15
Watch “I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown” on TV

December 16
Bake Christmas cookies for sharing

December 17
Deliver Christmas cookies

December 18
Camp out in front of the Christmas tree and read Jesus’ Christmas story

December 19
Mom and Dad celebrate being married for 10 years! Special dinner

December 20
Trip to McDonald’s!

December 21
Go see Christmas lights

December 22
Sleepover at Grandma’s

December 23
Family game night

December 24
To Aunt Marsha’s to celebrate Christmas eve…you may open one of your gifts

December 25
Breakfast at Grandma Pam’s for Christmas day, spend the afternoon at Grandma Gayle’s

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


Overheard, by my older cousin, during our big Italian-cookie making fest, which, shockingly, I attend much less for the cookies (try to contain your amazement) than for the socialization with my aunts and cousins.

Connor was sitting at a table eating lunch with my cousins's kids who are all about 5-7 years older than him.

"Guys, I need to talk to you about something."

"What is it, Connor?"

"Guys, I need to know WHY my mom's baby has to be a GIRL?!?"

The explanation from my cousin's 12 year old daughter that God wanted our family to have a little girl was sufficient for him, but he isn't accepting this without a fight.

More on baby

So I was going to post sonogram pictures of baby girl, but decided against it, as most of the pictures are just confirming her gender. And someday she won't like that her goods were all over the blogosphere.

If you know me, you know that I have a little trouble when there is nothing in my life to worry about. It's true. If there's nothing to worry about, I will invent something to obsess over. Thus my obsession over whether or not I am actually having a girl and not another boy.

So it should come as no surprise that after the sonogram we had on that Friday, I started to have doubts.
Serious doubts.

How good was the sonographer? Had she REALLY looked hard? She could have missed something. And the angle of the picture that I had was not too convincing.

I had my dr. appt this past Tuesday and I expressed the concerns above. Namely that

My doctor understands how reasonable I am and invited me in for a "freebie" sonogram the next morning to CONFIRM what the sonographer says. She apparently has more faith in the sonographer in her office than I do.
So, hello, I was there bright and early Wednesday morning for more pics of what I hoped would continue to be baby girl.

I caught a little flack from the sonographer (have you noticed, I am trying to see how many times I can work the word "sonographer" into this post!) for not fully believing her the first time.

She just doesn't understand though. I NEVER thought I'd be able to have a little girl. Oh, I wanted one, but Jeff comes from a long line of boys-only families!
There are a couple of stray girls in there, which gave me a bit of hope, but it seemed to good to be true!

I hopped up on the table and we got down to the business of looking for girl parts. THIS time I am sure, the sonographer looked up, down, around, (baby girl was pretty active!) and found no extras! Hurray!

Now I can confidently buy pink, and Jeff can wallow in his fears of being a permissive father who can't say no to his little girl and her wedding. Yes, he's already worried about that.
I think I get the better end of this deal!